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The twelve days of Christmas were after it, not before it. Specifically, the carol comes from northern England, but is based on an ancient Scottish tradition called Da latha dheug na Nollaig. The twelve days are from Christmas to the Day of the Ephiphany. The Golden Bough by James Frazer has a long article on it. In Scotland the twelve days of the Yule ...


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If we accept mythological and "divine" figures as having "divinity" or being "sacred", here is a short list from the Hindu pantheon, and by no means exhaustive: Ila: Is both sexes, changing sex seasonally. Married to Budh or Mercury-God (planet Mercury). Goes through many transformations. In the Ramayana, the Linga Purana and the Mahabharata, Ila grows ...


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Of course this is about history. The ancient Greeks had stories about the soothsayer Tiresias. He was born a man, but after seeing a pair of snakes copulating he was transformed into a woman, married and had children. Seven years later, after seeing the copulating snakes a second time he turned back into a man, but was blind, and had prophetic powers. There ...


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The real breakdown of formal social dancing happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1960s when everything that had been associated with previous generations was rejected. At the same time, dressing and behavioural standards also went down the drain. Yes, I guess, the baby boomers are to blame as they were the generation setting new trends back ...



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